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Weekend Estimates: Oz, Call and Breakers Have Magic, Burt Blunders

March 17th, 2013

There are definite signs of life at the box office this weekend, thanks to continued good numbers for Oz the Great and Powerful, an above-expected debut for The Call and a gigantic debut in limited release for Spring Breakers. Those three bright spots do something to compensate for a horrible $10 million opening for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which might have fared better with a Summer release, but still casts some doubt of the star power of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

Oz remains comfortably on top this weekend with a projected $42.2 million, down a creditable 47% from last weekend. The Call opens with about $17.1 million from 2,507 theaters for an impressive average of $6,800, and in retrospect it's a surprise Halle Berry hasn't starred in more thrillers. Her agent will have a lot of voicemails on Monday morning, no doubt.